Sarah & Kyle

You might have seen this gorgeous wedding featured in the latest edition of Brides of North Texas or on their blog. If you missed it, you can check out the feature here. Sarah and Kyle got married at The White Sparrow in Quinlan, TX with a fantastic team of vendors including Holly Viles Design, Grit + Gold, Dyan Kethley Photography, and Layered Bake Shop.


Scott & Amber - September 10, 2011

Since I just started this blog at the beginning of November, I’m still catching up on some prior weddings. Scott & Amber were married on 9/10/11, and they had a beautiful backyard wedding at the groom’s parents’ house. The weather turned out to be perfect for an outdoor reception.

To add some color to the yard, they had me shine some red uplighting in the trees and behind the bartender. If I can get my hands on some pictures, I’ll be sure to post them. It looked really great! I also included a wireless speaker on the other side of the yard, since the area was quite large, and some of the tables were a long distance from the dance floor.

The Music

The following is a list of songs that were actually played at the wedding with a * or ** indicating a request.

* from Scott & Amber’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Alan Jackson - Gone Country [1994]
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Conway Twitty - I'd Just Love to Lay You Down [1980]
Drifters - Under The Boardwalk (mono single version) [1964]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love [1998]

Grand Entrance
Scott & Amber have a great sense of humor, and they had some fun with their grand entrance. They surprised everyone by dressing up with oversized sunglasses, a large clown tie, and a big red nose. I think they got the idea after deciding on their entrance music.
Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax (stereo) [1963]

First Dance
George Strait - I Cross My Heart (first dance edit) [1992]*

Father Daughter Dance
Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have To Be (father daughter edit) [1999]*

Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather And Lace (single version) [1981]
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Cold Shot [1984]
Kenny Chesney - Somewhere With You (Single Edit) [2011]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen (single version) [1981]
Conway Twitty - Tight Fittin' Jeans [1981]
Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling [1973]
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing [1991]

George Strait - Here For A Good Time [2011]*
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning [1983]*
Etta James - At Last [1961]
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Michael Jackson - Beat It (extended) [1983]
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (stereo) [1969]**
Kenny Loggins - Footloose (single version) [1984]*
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump Jive An' Wail [1998]*
Michael Jackson - Thriller (promo single version) [1984]**
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie [1990]**
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (Radio Mix) [2004]*
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]
Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger [2011]**
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]**
Billy Currington - Good Directions [2007]**
David Allan Coe - You Never Even Called Me By My Name [1975]**
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (mono) [1965]
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel (7'' Re-Mix) [1988]*
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Jump On It (Clean Radio Edit) [1996]**
Foster The People - Pumped Up KIcks (Radio Edit) [2011]**
V.I.C. - Wobble (Clean Version) [2008]**
Nelly - Ride Wit Me (Clean Edit with FX Short) [2001]*
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (stereo) [1968]
Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind [1966]**
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Pride And Joy [1983]*
Mr C The Slide Man - Cha Cha Slide (Radio Edit) [2000]**

Bouquet Toss

Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (bouquet version) [2008]*

Garter Removal/Toss
Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen - Theme From Mission Impossible [1996]*
Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut [1983]*

Juvenile - Back That Thang Up (Clean Radio Edit) [1999]**
Big Tymers - Still Fly (Radio Edit Clean) [2002]**
Bobby Goldsboro - Watching Scotty Grow [1971]**
Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (Radio Edit) [1999]**
Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot [1998]*
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin And Juice (Radio Version) [1994]**

Last Dance (before sendoff)
Brad Paisley - Then (Single Edit) [2009]*

After Party
Some of the guests wanted to come back and dance some more, and I was happy to continue the music.
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]
Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There (mono) [1964]
ACDC - You Shook Me All Night Long [1980]
Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women [1969]
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]
Earth Wind & Fire - September [1979]
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love (single version) [1986]
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon [1973]**
John Mellencamp - Jack & Diane (promo single version) [1982]
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust [1980]
INXS - Need You Tonight [1988]
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison (7" Version) [1990]
Aretha Franklin - Respect (mono) [1967]
Sister Sledge - We Are Family (single version) [1979]
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (promo single version) [1976]
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (promo single version) [1979]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (LP version) [1988]
Brooks & Dunn - Boot Scootin' Boogie [1992]
Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places [1990]

Chad & Danielle - September 4, 2011

The Venue: Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco

Stonebriar Country Club is one of my favorite places to play in DFW. They have great food, a friendly staff, and a very nice facility. Chad & Danielle moved their reception to Stonebriar from a different venue only about month before their wedding date. The coordinators Susan & Reagan made the transition smooth and easy, and they have always been very professional and accommodating every time I’ve worked with them.

There are two main ballrooms in the clubhouse: The Claredon Room & The Myers Grand Ballroom. The Myers Grand can be seen in my 60 second commercial, and it’s large enough to hold about 250 people. Chad & Danielle’s reception was just small enough to fit in the Claredon Room. I think they had about 125 at the wedding.

The room has an antique look to it with lots of wood and earthy colors. They decided on using a reddish-gold uplighting color, which really complemented the room nicely. The awesome photographs are courtesy of Stacie Tatum Photography.

For sound, I included an extra speaker in the Formal Lounge (just outside the ballroom), so that guests could enjoy background music and cocktails in both areas.

Stonebriar Country Club - Dallas Wedding Uplighting LED Uplighting - Frisco Wedding DJ

The Toasts

This wedding was a great example of having well prepared toasts. You can read some tips and hear the actual toasts in an earlier blog post titled “Great Wedding Toasts: Tips & Examples.

The Music

Chad & Danielle knew their guests were coming to party, and they knew what kind of music would get everyone on the dance floor: classic rock! Their playlist below is what was actually played, where a ** indicates a request.

* from Chad & Danielle’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Adele - To Make You Feel My Love [2008]
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You (single version) [1981]
Queen - You're My Best Friend [1976]
Beatles - Do You Want To Know A Secret (mono) [1964]
Zombies - Time Of The Season (stereo) [1969]
Elton John - Tiny Dancer [1972]
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart [1988]
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels (single version) [1985]
America - You Can Do Magic [1980]
Steely Dan - Reeling In The Years [1973]
Alan Jackson - Love's Got A Hold On You [1992]
Journey - Lights [1978]
Foreigner - I Don't Want To Live Without You (single version) [1988]
Incubus - Drive [2001]
REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run (single version) [1981]*
Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Radio Edit) [2011]*

Grand Entrance
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (introduction version) [2009]

First Dance
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather And Lace (single version) [1981]

Eagles - One Of These Nights (single version) [1975]*
Temptations - My Girl (mono single version) [1965]*
George Strait - Blue Clear Sky [1996]*
Roy Orbision - You Got It [1989]
Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me [1982]
Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden (promo single version) [1978]*
Heart - These Dreams (single version) [1986]
Led Zeppelin - All My Love [1980]
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge [1992]
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street (promo single version) [1978]
Alan Jackson - Gone Country [1994]*
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Drifters - Under The Boardwalk (mono single version) [1964]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]

Pink - Raise Your Glass [2010]*

Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen (single version) [1981]

Father/Daughter Dance
Rascal Flatts - My Wish (father/daughter edit) [2006]*

Open Dancing
Journey - Feeling That Way [1978]*
Journey - Anytime [1978]*
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love (single version) [1986]*
Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance (single version) [1985]*
The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women [1969]
Knack - My Sharona (single version) [1979]*
Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another (single version) [1983]*
Rolling Stones - She's So Cold (promo single version) [1980]*
Gerry Rafferty - Right Down The Line (single version) [1978]*
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (mono) [1965]*

Anniversary Dance
George Strait - Carried Away [1996]*

Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull - On The Floor [2011]
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]*
Britney Spears - I Wanna Go [2011]*
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World) [2010]*
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]**
The Cars - Just What I Needed [1978]*
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]**
Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) (stereo LP version) [1959]**
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (Short Edit) [1985]*
Rick James - Super Freak (Part 1) [1981]**
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]**
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun [1984]**
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (single version) [1980]**
Michael Jackson - Beat It [1983]**
Bee Gees - Night Fever [1978]*
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy [1989]*
Rolling Stones - Miss You (single version) [1978]
Journey - Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' (single version - cold ending) [1979]*
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here [1975]*
Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight [1986]*
Outfield - Your Love (single version) [1986]*

Last Dance
Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin (stereo single version) [1972]*

Exit Music (rose petal send off)
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way [1977]
ZZ Top - La Grange (mono single version) [1974]*

Jason & Kim - November 11, 2011

If you’re looking for a unique idea to get your guests involved with the music selection process, here’s a tip from Jason & Kim: leave a blank on your RSVP cards for requesting a song. Quite a few of their guests took advantage of it, and I played as many of them as I could fit during the course of the evening.

The full playlist is posted below, including their “Top 11 Most Requested Songs.” (I chose to go with 11 songs because of the 11-11-11 date.) Since Jason & Kim had taken the time to tally up the requests, I decided to open the dancing with their guests’ top song choices.

The Venue: Paradise Cove in Southlake

Paradise Cove is kind of a “hidden” place on the south side of Grapevine Lake in Southlake. In fact, Google Maps didn’t quite get me all the way there. If you’re trying to find it, you need to go past the map marker at the corner of El Camino Ct. & Midway Dr. Just stay on Midway until you see it. On my first trip to visit the venue, I turned around too soon.

They have a neat spot for ceremonies that overlooks the lake, and the staff was very organized and friendly. Tina helped to make sure everything was in place and running smoothly, and Steve is one of the friendliest bartenders you’ll meet!

The Coincidental #11

When I first met with Jason & Kim about their 11-11-11 wedding, they told me about some strange coincidences with the number 11. Not only was it Kim’s favorite number, but it kept popping up throughout the wedding planning process. They booked the venue on 1/11, found “the dress” on 2/11, booked the photographers on 3/11 (the fantastic Sara & Rocky Photography), and booked the officiant and photobooth on 4/11.

As they were telling me about this, I took a quick glance at my calendar to see what the date was. May 14th. Well, even though I didn’t meet with them on the 11th, it still worked out :)

Later on, I found out that there were 11 girls that went out with Kim on her bachelorette party, which was on 9/11. The date I found this out was at our final consultation meeting on 10/11. Strange! It makes me wonder how often these things happen and perhaps we just don’t pay attention to them.

The Music

The following is a list of songs that were actually played at the wedding. I ended up playing mostly requests, as you can tell from the ** next to each song.

* from Jason & Kim’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Cocktail Hour

You don’t need the DJ to play cocktail music when you’ve hired the incredibly talented harpist Cindy Horstman. I had the pleasure of listening to Cindy play at two different weddings in the past two weeks, and she’s one of the best harpists you’ll find anywhere.

First Dance
Ben Harper - Forever [1994]*

IZ - Over The Rainbow (father-daughter edit) [2004]*

Melissa DuVall - A Mother's Prayer (mother-son edit) [2009]*

Dinner Selections
Elton John - Your Song [1971]**
UB40 - Can't Help Falling In Love (single version) [1993]*
Dusty Springfield - The Look Of Love (soundtrack version) [1967]**
Shania Twain - From This Moment On (The IV Mix) [1998]**
Natalie Cole - This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) [1975]**
Coldplay Viva La Vida (Radio Edit) [2008]**
Caedmon's Call - Table for Two [2000]**
Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun [1970]**
Adele - Lovesong [2011]**
UB40 - Here I Am (Come And Take Me) (Radio Edit) [1991]**
Tim McGraw with Faith Hill - It's Your Love [1997]**
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable [1951]**
Sanctus Real - Lead Me [2010]**
Beatles - Love Me Do (mono) [1964]**
All-4-One - I Can Love You Like That [1995]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (short single version) [1984]

Cake Cutting
Cake - Love You Madly [2002]*

Anniversary Dance
Moonlight & Roses (This was the bride’s grandparents’ wedding song.)

The Top 11 Most Requested Songs (from the RSVP cards)
11. Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (mono) [1965]**
10. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (promo single version) [1974]**
9. Sublime - What I Got (Kahne Radio Edit) [1996]**
8. Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise [1995]**
7. V.I.C. - Wobble (Clean Version) [2008]**
6. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean [1983]**
5. Flo Rida f/T-Pain - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]**
4. All-4-One - I Swear (Radio Mix) [1994]**
3. Etta James - At Last [1961]**
2. Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back [1992]**
1. B-52’s - Love Shack (single version) [1989]**

Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) [1959]**
Bob Kames - The Chicken Dance [1981]*
(This is one of those songs that only gets played when the bride & groom specifically ask for it.)
Mase - Feel So Good (Radio Mix) [1997]*
INXS - Need You Tonight [1988]**
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie [1990]**
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (Radio Mix) [1990]**
Madonna - Borderline (single version) [1984]**
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Britney Spears - Toxic [2004]
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]*
LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It [2011]
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]

Bouquet Toss
Troggs - Wild Thing (mono) [1966]**

Garter Removal / Toss
Sublime - What I Got (garter version) [1996]*
Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle [1988]*

George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]**
Soulja Boy Tell'em - Crank Dat (Vocal) [2007]**
California Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie [2010]**
Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate (Radio Version) [1994]*
Snoop Doggy Dogg Gin And Juice (Radio Version) [1994]*
Skee-Lo - I Wish (Radio Edit) [1995]**
'N Sync - Bye Bye Bye (Radio Edit) [2000]**
Billy Squier - The Stroke [1981]**
Billy Idol - White Wedding (single version) [1983]**
Knack - My Sharona (single version) [1979]
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (357 Edit-Remix) [1988]*
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road [1988]*
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight (single version) [1978]**
Three 6 Mafia f/Young Buck, Eightball & MJG - Stay Fly (Clean) [2005]*
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (Remix) [1987]**
Run-DMC - It’s Tricky [1987]
Romantics - What I Like About You [1980]**
Rihanna - Rude Boy [2010]**
Britney Spears - 3 [2009]**
Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger [2011]
Enur f/Natasja - Calabria 2007 (Radio Edit) [2008]
George Strait - Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind [1984]**
Destiny's Child - Bootylicious (Radio Edit) [2001]**
DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat (Klassic Kool Original Version) [1997]
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Clean Master Mix) [1992]**
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz f/Ying Yang Twins - Get Low (Radio) [2003]
Pretenders - Message Of Love [1981]**
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (LP version) [1979]
Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses (short edit) [1997]**
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home (Radio Edit) [2010]*
Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being A Friend (single version) [1978]*

Jason & Meredith - September 3, 2011

The Venue: Heard Craig Hall in McKinney

McKinney has some great, historical spots for weddings, and this was the first time I had played at Heard Craig Hall. One of my favorite features is the large white pillars around the room, which looked incredible with uplighting. Austin wedding photographer Geoff Duncan did an outstanding job with the photos!

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Jason & Meredith had originally planned on having their reception outdoors at Chestnut Square, which is also a really neat spot; however, their guest count had gotten larger than they anticipated, and the weather was forecasted to be pretty warm. They still had the ceremony in the chapel at Chestnut Square, but then everyone headed to Heard Craig for the party!

Another unique feature of the hall is the large stage, which is what they usually use for the dance floor. In one of our early meetings, Meredith had reservations about whether people would want to walk up the steps and onto the stage for dancing, and admittedly, I did, too. Thankfully her friends and family were not shy at all, and they had no problem making their way onto the large stage, which is where I set up the speakers and dance floor lighting, as well as a few uplights along the back curtains. The rest of the DJ equipment was set up on the main floor next to the stage.

The Music

Musically, Jason & Meredith asked me to mix in some of their favorite indie pop & rock, along with some mainstream favorites and classics. Below is their wedding playlist, which includes several requests from their guests, too. Please note that this is what was actually played at their wedding.

* from Jason & Meredith’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Cocktail Hour
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me [2002]
Dave Matthews Band - You And Me (Radio Edit) [2010]
Weepies - Somebody Loved [2003]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
David Gray - This Years Love (Strings Remix) [2001]
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris (Edit) [1998]
John Mayer - 3x5 [2003]
Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am [2007]
Coldplay - Clocks (Edit) [2003]
Lifehouse - You And Me [2005]
Norah Jones - Don't Know Why [2002]
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat - Lucky [2009]
Feist - Mushaboom [2009]*
Beatles - All You Need Is Love (mono single version) [1967]
Fisher - L-O-V-E [2002]
Coldplay - Til Kingdom Come [2005]
Cat Power - Sea of Love [2000]*

Grand Entrance
Barry Louis Polisar - All I Want Is You (from “Juno”) [1977]*

Mae - The Ocean [2005]*
Amy Winehouse - Someone to Watch Over [2008]*
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark [2005]*
Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies [1958]*
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead [2010]*
Goo Goo Dolls - Black Balloon (Radio Remix) [1999]*
Black Keys - You’re the One [2006]*
Billie Holiday - Blue Moon [1950]*
Imogen Heap - Can’t Take It In [2006]*
Feist - 1234 (Radio Version) [2007]
Spill Canvas - Valiant [2002]*
Copeland - Priceless [2003]*
Ella Fitzgerald - Tea For Two [1963]*
Mae - Somewhere [2008]*
Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights [2003]*
David Gray - Babylon (Radio Mix) [2000]

First Dance
Beatles - In My Life (first dance edit) [1966]*

Norah Jones - Seven Years (father-daughter edit) [2002]*

Open Dancing Begins
Etta James - At Last [1961]**
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World [1968]
Mr C The Slide Man - Cha Cha Slide (Radio Edit) [2000]**
Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg (mono) [1966]
Beatles - Twist And Shout (mono) [1964]
Michael Jackson - Thriller (promo single version) [1984]**
Bob Kames - The Chicken Dance [1981]*
(I don’t normally play this song, but there was a special story behind it for Meredith and her parents.)
Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks - Beer Barrel Polka**
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning [1983]
Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner [2009]

Just for Fun
Texas Tech - Fight Raiders, Fight (groom’s school)
The University of Texas Longhorn Band - The Eyes of Texas (bride’s school)
(There were two groom’s cakes: one with the Texas Tech logo and one with the UT logo.)

Cake Cutting
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [1975]*
Average White Band - Cut The Cake (single version) [1975]**

George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]**
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]
Flo Rida - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]

Bouquet Toss
Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love (mono) [1964]*

Garter Toss
Flo Rida - Right Round (Single Version) [2009]*

Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight (single version) [1978]
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (promo single version) [1979]
Tone Loc - Wild Thing [1989]
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (Radio Edit) [2009]**
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline [1969]**
Randy Travis - Forever And Ever, Amen [1987]
Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman (mono single version) [1964]
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]**
Run-DMC - It’s Tricky [1987]
Taio Cruz - Dynamite [2010]
Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole - Unforgettable [1991]**

Exit Music
Imogen Heap - Goodnight and Go [2005]*